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Illinois Lawmakers Head Back to Work, But Just for a Day

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By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill – Illinois lawmakers are returning to work Wednesday, but not to pass a new state budget.

They will be at the Statehouse for what is supposed to be a one-day session.

The goal is to approve an $850 million plan to borrow money so the state can pay bills and qualify for extra federal funds.

Lawmakers will also consider lifting the state deadline for placing a candidate's name on the fall ballot.

That would help President Bush because he won't be formally nominated until after the state's regular deadline.

State officials remain deadlocked on how to fill a budget deficit of at least $2.3 billion.

The dispute has delayed the end of the spring legislative session, and officials have sent rank-and-file lawmakers home until a deal is negotiated.

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